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Actor James Garner; 86

Actor James Garner, left, smiles as he holds up the Purple Heart medal presented to him in a ceremony in this Jan. 24, 1983, file photo taken in Los Angeles, California. Garner was wounded in April 1951 while with US Forces in Korea, but his medal was never presented to him. Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick," died Saturday, July 19, 2014, according to Los Angeles police. He was 86.  AP PHOTO/LENNOX MCLENDON

James Garner, the star of the hit TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died at the age of 86, celebrity website TMZ reported on Sunday.

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Jazz bass innovator Charlie Haden dies at 76

This undated file photo provided by Universal Music Group shows bassist Charlie Haden. Haden died Friday, July 11, 2014 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 76. AP

Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, has died. He was 76.

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Theater actor Aaron Ching; 23

CHING in Peta’s 2013 production of “Maxie the Musical.” JUDE BAUTISTA

Stage actor Aaron Ching—known to local theater fans for his roles in such productions as “Stageshow,” “Katy,” “Maxie” and “Lorenzo,” and the GMA 7 show “Kambal Sirena”— passed away on June 30, at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. He collapsed at a CCP theater festival. Reported cause of death was “gastrointestinal bleeding resulting from ulcers.” Ching was cremated on Saturday. Jude Bautista, contributor

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‘Loco-motion’ songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

This undated image released by The O and M Company shows lyricist Gerry Goffin at the opening night of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," in New York. Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while both were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, “Some King of Wonderful” for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee. The couple divorced in 1968 but Goffin kept writing hits, including "Savin' All My Love for You" for Whitney Houston. (AP Photo/The O and M Company, Bruce Glikas)

Songwriter Gerry Goffin, co-author of hits ranging from dance classic “The Loco-Motion” to Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You,” has died, his ex-wife Carole King said Thursday. He was 75.

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Jimmy Scott, jazzman with childlike voice, dies

In this Friday, June 18, 2004 file photo, Jazz legend Jimmy Scott poses for a portrait at his home in Euclid, Ohio. Scott, a jazzman with an ethereal man-child voice who found success late in life with the Grammy-nominated "All the Way,"died on Friday, June 13, 2014. He was 88. (AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak)

Jimmy Scott, a jazzman with a man-child voice who found success late in life with the Grammy-nominated “All the Way,” has died. He was 88.

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